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RATINGS: 1108   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
“brewed for the harvest” This beer begins in spring when oat seeds are sown as soon as the soil can be worked. Meanwhile, select types of barley are planted with hopes that Mother Nature will be kind. Our brewers wait patiently until the legumes are mature and ready for the scythe. Upon delivery to the brewery, these ingredients are mixed together in the mash tun where they steep, creating a rich molasses-like liquid. Spicy hops are boiled with the thick brew, giving balance and complexity. Brewers yeast feasts upon the rich sugars, concluding its transformation into oatmeal stout. Pour Oat into a snifter, allow its thick tan head to slowly rise, releasing unbridled aromas. The color of Oat is as dark as a moonless night. The first sip reveals Oat’s thick and nourishing taste. Like a haversack to a horse, a bottle of this stout is a meal in itself. Enjoy responsibly. 11.0% abv • 238º L

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8619) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2011 My Bottom Line:
Oatmeal cookies embolden the muscular chocolatey molasses, while raisiny fruitiness and vanilla spiciness link all flavors seamlessly. Such a weet body cannot help but seduce the Imperial Stout lover.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam peeks into the pitch black.
-The aroma purports some of the oatmeal and chocolate presence, but could be more enticing. Caramel was more evident in the bottle than in the kegged version.
-Roasted oatmeal dries up part of the sweet finish. Pine cone hoppiness diversifies this ending too. But this remains super sweet overall.
-This is not super complex, but you cannot dodge it for not being expertly brewed or not being a decadent dessert beer.
-Alcohol doesn’t bother the flavor profile much, a feat at this gravity. There is so much sugar to coat though...

On tap at The Dirty Truth and from bottles back home.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - NOV 5, 2007
See my rating for: http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/great-divide-

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - NOV 4, 2007
Pours a deep, rich, opaque black with a creamy brown head. The aroma is full with coffee, dark chocolate, and dark fruit. Full intense flavor greets the palate with roasted coffee, dark chocolate, fruit, molasses, and licorice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - NOV 4, 2007
Bottle. Pours a Pitch black colour with a light brown head. Sweet, roasty alco dark fruity aroma. Very good filling mouthfeel. The flavour has a very good roasted maltiness, dark fruits bitter chocolate, coffee and some liquorice. Long lasting finish of roasted malt, bitter chocolate and some alcohol. Such a great tasty brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2007
This is an impressive and unique imperial stout. From pour to taste, I knew this was different than other Imperial Stouts I’ve had. It has an oat-y wholesome taste that is both delicious and unique. Pour was thick...possibly as thick as any beer I’ve every had...with absolutely no head. "Motor oil" is a comparison raters make pretty freely, but it was very apt for this beer; this stuff would coat the back of a spoon. Aroma is of oatmeal, roastiness, and a surprising amount of hoppiness for a stout. Flavor is very unique - a ton of oatmeal flavor (which "oatmeal stouts" usually lack) and good cerealness, balanced with some chocolate malt roastiness and a bit of hop. Mouthfeel is thick, syrupy, viscous and good. This beer is excellent. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2007
Bottle. A black beer with a brown head. The aroma is rye bread, dark fruits, chocolate, light coffee, the taste is rye bread, dark fruits, licorice, chocolate and light coffee. Medium to full body with a long rye bread finish. Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Grovlam (4167) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2007
#7 [Blind tasting @ Papsoe] Average almost light brown creamy head. Fair display of lacework. Dark dark mahogany coloured. What hits your notes is heavy dark fruity feel. Molasses and brown sugar and rye bread. Over the palate notes of heavy burned malt and liquorish, light chocolate and underlying coffee. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Heavy sweet and counter bitter notes. Lingering sweet malt with hint of bitterness in the very end. Excellent beer. 4 / 8 / 8 / 4 / 16 = 4.0

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2007
22oz bottle. Aroma: Big roasty nose with notes of chocolate, smoke, oatmeal, espresso, deep dark fruits. Piney hops pop out as it warms. Appearance: Rich and oily black in color. Dark tan head was small and foamy with good retention. Nice lacing. Flavor: Deep roasted malt with notes of chocolate, coffee, anise, smoke, and dried cherries/plums. Oatmeal really jumps out here. Pleasant sweetness throughout with a touch of molasses. Piney hops and a touch of citrus into the finish. Roasted malt bitterness mingles with some noticeable hop bitterness. Palate: Full bodied ++. Moderate carbonation. Alcohol warmth in back of mouth. Overall: Very nice. Great flavor and aroma, but the mouthfeel was the best thing here. Really thick and rich. Have to find another bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 1, 2007
Chocolate malts, coffee ,and a major blast of alchol dominate aroma,big thick syrupy texture, almost like I’m drinking Hersheys Chocolate syrup and vodka,not as harsh as is sounds because the oats really smooth it out. As it warms there is a slight almost rubber band aroma and taste that become evident,probaly from the high alcohol and yeast byproduct. If you like the big chocolately high alcohol thick stouts, there are few that will match this

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8573) - Ursel, BELGIUM - NOV 1, 2007
Pours very oily, but with a huge greige head over black beer. A velvety nose - does that exists? If so, this is it. Coffee milk, milk chocolate, rye bread or rice crackers. Then, dry hops well up from the deep. If I would extract the smudge in my car’s exhaust pipe with alcohol, I might get something similar in taste.... Pure carbon, mineral nearly, terribly dry. Very oily MF, syrupy. "Well-bodied" is laughable in this context. This WAS a bit rich, IMO. Until they blasted it with a flame thrower.... Well - what is its F.G. - 1085???

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